Scottish Designers Worth Keeping an Eye On

With its rich history in producing some famous names, some of Scotland’s inventions have become commonplace in the typical household.

The design scene continues to look bright for Scotland, particularly with regards to interior design, as discovered by Glasgow fitted kitchen specialist, DM Design in their profiling of Scottish designers to keep an eye out for:

Mairi Helena

Edinburgh based Mairi Helena’s high-end luxury home accessories designs are inspired by a photographic portfolio of Scotland, featuring a unique fine art feel with their abstract pattern designs.

Speaking about her work, Mairi said: “With both my parents being textile designers, I was brought up with an appreciation of design. Previously with the vibrant, earthy colours of the Scottish Borders landscape where I grew up, then seaward by the rustic, weathered, coastal fringe of Fife and now the bustling, pulsating Edinburgh sensations, I love fusing textiles, textures and photography to create fashionable prints.”

Angus Ross

Award-winning designer Angus Rock of Aberfeldy aims to create items in celebration of the traditional craft skills required for fine furniture making, with the Unstable Stool arguably making for one of his most iconic pieces. The stool features a single length of ash or oak steamed and bent round a former so as to create an incredibly strong and effective rocker.

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray who is an Edinburgh based graduate from The Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art uses traditional hand-carving methods which she enhances by looking into emerging digital technologies to create an extraordinary collection of objects and jewellery pieces that make for the perfect fit for the home.

Commenting on how she approaches her work, Jennifer explained: “I am interested in identifying then reinterpreting place, time and individual personalities. Re-told stories juxtapose historical and modern themes from an alternative perspective through objects, jewellery and the way these works are experienced by others.”

Johanna Basford

Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduate in Textile Design, Johanna Basford started her own studio, where she was hand-printing wallpaper along with a small selection of home accessories. Nowadays the illustrator and ink evangelist’s illustrations are featured everywhere, from tattoos to beer labels and even colouring books – wallpaper too, of course.

Eliza Kesuma

Having worked and lived in Scotland for over a decade, Jakarta-born Eliza Kesuma is now the creative engine behind Moody Monday, a screenprinting studio whose speciality is in bespoke prints for wall coverings, fabric and interior accessories. Before she set up Moody Monday in 2011, Eliza studied for a Textiles & Design degree at the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design, going on to work at a number of UK studios.

Silvia Perez & Rose Black

Silvia Perez and Rose Black run 10kH Ten Thousand Hours, an upholstery business which is based in Glasgow. The duo’s business allows them to learn new skills and express their creativeness as they restore furniture through upholstery procedures. Black and Perez met back at the City of Glasgow College during their days spent studying Furniture Restoration.

In their personal statement on Craft Scotland, the pair stated: “We are committed to sourcing and using unique and beautiful textiles, exploring mixtures of textures and colours and maintaining a high quality, hand crafted service.”

With so many options to choose from along with the local Scottish design scene looking so bright, the typical fitted kitchen Glasgow interior designers and homeowners will want to go for can make for a true expression of their unique style.